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PITTSBURGH (AP) – John Hugley scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half, Jamarius Burton added 13 points and Pittsburgh beat Colgate 71-68 to break a four-game skid. Mouhamadou Gueye completed a contact layup and made the free throw and-1 and, after Cummings missed a quick 3-point shot, Hugley scored a contested bucket inside to bring the score to 70- 68 with 19 seconds to go. Femi Odukale blocked a potential tied jumper Nelly Cummings before William Jeffress made 1 of 2 free throws to cap the score with 1.1 seconds left. Cummings led the Raiders (4-6) with 17 points and Tucker Richardson added 12 points, five rebounds and five assists.
ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia Tech knocked out No.3 UConn in her first game since injury to reigning National Player of the Year Paige Bueckers, beating the Huskies 57-44 in a defensive slugfest. With both teams struggling to muster the offense, the game was tied at half-time and at the end of the third quarter. But Georgia Tech escaped in the fourth quarter in front of a noisy crowd of 4,578 people. Lorra-Maj Lahtinen led Georgia Tech with 15 points. UConn missed his first nine shots of the final period, as well as six turnovers. By the time the Huskies finally pulled the shot, it was way too late.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Vince Tyra has resigned as Louisville’s athletic director. The move ends a difficult four-year tenure in which Tyra led the Cardinals’ men’s basketball program through several NCAA investigations between hiring head coaches for the sport and football. University spokesman John Karman confirmed that the school had received and accepted Tyra’s resignation letter, which went into effect on Wednesday. Tyra would have been the best candidate to become AD in the state of Florida, a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Louisville board of directors on Wednesday voted to lift a non-compete clause against him to take a job at another conference school, while requiring 30 days’ notice.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – The State of Florida has hired Michael Alford as their vice president and their next athletic director. Alford succeeds David Coburn. who is retiring. Alford will take office on January 3. He was President and CEO of Seminole Boosters since last year and has experience in college and professional sports with fundraising, hiring and management in track and field. Alford is taking over a 20 sports program with a budget of $ 106 million. Alford previously worked as Associate Vice President and AD in Central Michigan and Oklahoma. He has also worked with the Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL, ESPN and several other schools.
NO DATE (AP) – Alabama quarterback Bryce Young was named College Football Player of the Year by the Associated Press. This gives the Crimson Tide their second consecutive winner. Young received 42 of 53 first-place votes from the PA’s top 25 voters to easily finish ahead of Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, who had four first-place votes. Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett was third, followed by Alabama linebacker Will Anderson Jr. and Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud. Young also won the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s top quarterback.
SYRACUSE, NY (AP) – Syracuse coach Dino Babers has hired Bob Ligashesky as Orange’s special teams coordinator. Ligashesky spent the 2021 season at Bowling Green in the same position and prior to that he was the Illinois Special Teams Coordinator from 2016-2020. The hiring comes less than two weeks after Babers began to reorganize his staff, firing offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert, tight ends coach Reno Ferri and defensive line coach Vinson Reynolds. These positions have not been filled. The Orange have finished 5-7 this season and have underperformed on special teams without a coordinator. Babers divided tasks among the staff after Justin Ludwig left for Vanderbilt in January.
RALEIGH, NC (AP) – Dereon Seabron had 16 points and 14 rebounds, Terquavion Smith added 14 points and North Carolina State defeated Bethune-Cookman 65-48. NC State ended the game 10-2 as Bethune-Cookman missed seven straight shots in the last six minutes. Both teams shot less than 40% from the field. Jericole Hellems finished with 13 points for NC State, which faces No.1 Purdue on Sunday in Brooklyn, NY, at the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational. Seabron recorded his sixth double-double of the season. Joe French scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half and Dylan Robertson added 10 points for Bethune-Cookman
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